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History of Chocolate
 
Chocolate has been a source of fascination since its discovery.
 
Theobroma Cacao: Source http://www.flickr.com/photos/19814115@N00/289961263/ For thousands of years the cocoa bean has been held in high regard. It was valued, even worshipped, more than 2000 years ago by the Maya in the Amazon and Orinoco river basins. There, the high rain fall provided an ideal climate for the small tree. The Aztec civilization later arose further North where climatic conditions did not favor cultivation of the tree. But, the cocoa bean was so important to them that they acquired it through trade and it was enjoyed as a drink by the wealthy in their many rituals. The Aztec Emperor, Montezuma, reputedly drank the concoction from a golden goblet fifty times a day! It remained a privilege of the wealthy even after it was brought to Europe by the Spanish.
 
Cacao Beans Without question, Chocolate is worthy of the title, "food of the gods." And that's not just an opinion of chocolate lovers, it's the meaning of the official scientific name, Theobroma cacao, given the cacao tree (the tree that bears the fruit that produces chocolate). Named in 1753 by the Swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus, theobroma means "food of the gods". We think Linnaeus got it absolutely right.

Why Do We Call Them "Truffles?"
 
Chocolate truffles were named after a rare European fungus (Tuber melanosporum) because of their lumpy and bumpy appearance. Raspberry Truffle While many of the major chocolate truffle manufacturers (even some of the smaller chocolatiers) use machines and molds to produce the "perfect," "uniform" shape, we at Parfections believe this comes at a price. Parfections upholds the tradition of handmade chocolates. Every truffle we sell is given individual, loving attention and that is the reason for their extraordinary taste and sensuous texture. Plus, whoever heard of a perfectly shaped truffle? The fungus we mean!
 
You've Heard of Atkins and Subway? Why Not Try the Truffle Diet?
 
While we at Parfections have literally no experience as dieticians, and therefore cannot endorse, support, or confirm that eating truffles everyday will help you shed a pound, we can say that you'll have fun trying. So forget the latest diet fad, ditch the calorie counting and bite into a treat that is Guaranteed to provide you pleasure. Doesn't the truffle diet sound like fun...we think so!
 
Chocolate--An Aphrodisiac?
 
Chocolate Roses Historically, chocolate and love (or just plain old "burning desire") have been closely joined. Beginning with its documented use as an aphrodisiac by Montezuma, the King of the Aztecs in the 1500s, (he drank over 50 cups of chocolate a day . . . bet that kept his harem happy) to the current custom of giving a "box" to that special someone on Valentine's Day, chocolate has always been perceived as a romance food.
 
Turns out, there might be a good scientific reason. When you are in love, the level of phenylethylamine (PEA) in your brain rises dramatically. Chocolate is high in this substance. So, eat a truffle and accentuate that feeling of love. Unlike some recipients of our love, Chocolate will never let you down!
 
Chocolate--Can it Make You Live Longer?
 
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry--It's fruit, right? Scientific studies confirm what all chocoholics have always known: that eating chocolate leads to a long and happy life. Scientists have discovered those who ate sweets lived longer than those who didn't. Some credit the Phenol in chocolate (this chemical is also found in red wine) which acts as an antioxidant and lowers the risk of heart disease and cancer. And, chocolate covered strawberries are still fruit, right? So, take two boxes and call us in the morning...for more!
 

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